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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow VOTE TODAY BY MAIL, OR LAST MINUTE BY FOOT


If you haven't voted by late today, election officials suggest you had better not mail in your ballot but instead should take it to a polling place or the county elections office.

It's not the postmark that counts but when the ballot is in the hands of elections officials — and that must be by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

As of this morning, 4,198 voters — or 27.72 percent — of the 15,143 Union County registered voters had returned their ballots. In Wallowa County, it was 30 percent — 1,388 of 4,519 registered voters.

Registered voters — who were mailed their ballots earlier this month — should have had plenty of time by now to mark their ballots and return them, officials said.

But for those who haven't, they have until the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline to get them into a ballot box. In La Grande, there will be a special box at the U.S. Post Office which will be available to voters until the deadline.

The boxes at the city halls around Union County will accept ballots until 8 p.m. Tuesday, after which poll workers will pick up the boxes and take them to the clerk's office in La Grande for counting.

While returns statewide to date are lagging at 16 percent, state officials are predicting about a 45 percent to 50 percent turnout. Others say the slow pace could result in less than a 40 percent turnout. The local returns could be higher but will have to pick up in the last few days to do so.

State officials are reminding voters that some local revenue-raising measures will require more than a 50 percent turnout to pass.

Wallowa County voters can cast ballots at the clerk's office in the courthouse in Enterprise and at city halls in Enterprise, Wallowa and Joseph.

Union County voters may drop ballots off at the clerk's office in the Chaplin Building at 1001 Fourth St., La Grande, or at any of the following city halls, shown with their hours of operation (all will be open for voting until 8 p.m. Tuesday):

Cove — 504 Alder St., 8 a.m. to noon Mon.; 8 p.m.,Tues.

Elgin — 100 Eighth St., 8:30-5 Mon.; 8 p.m.,Tues.

Imbler — 180 Ruckman St., until 8 p.m.,Tues.

Island City — 10605 Island Ave., 9-1 Mon.; 8 p.m.,Tues.

La Grande — 1000 Adams Ave., 8-5 Mon.; 8 p.m.,Tues.

North Powder — 635 Third St., 7-noon Mon.; 8 p.m.,Tues.

Union — 342 S. Main St., 9-5 Mon.; 8 p.m.,Tues.

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